Hancock 's Grammy win is just a lot o...

Hancock 's Grammy win is just a lot of noise

There are 37 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 11, 2008, titled Hancock 's Grammy win is just a lot of noise. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

So the pop music industry is shocked - shocked! - that a 67-year-old jazz musician won the album of the year award at Sunday's Grammy Awards.

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Santa Ana, CA

#1 Feb 11, 2008
I'd expect this kind of writing from a blogger, not a journalist. Making fun of names? Stopped doing that in kindergarten.

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Feb 11, 2008
No doubt.

United States

#3 Feb 11, 2008
"Genres such as jazz, classical, folk – you know, the idioms for grown-ups..."

Expand your horizons. This grown-up listens to the above three genres, but there's a lot more out there worth listening to. Probably won't see much (any) of it in the grammys, I admit...but if you only hit those three genres, you're missing out on a lot of inventive and "grown-up" stuff.

Hesperia, CA

#4 Feb 11, 2008
Brutal but true. Good take on the reality of another record company driven fraud.

United States

#5 Feb 11, 2008
Whinehouse? Tribune-louse.
michael fierman

Birmingham, AL

#6 Feb 11, 2008
this just shows how ignorant you are

Pleasanton, CA

#7 Feb 11, 2008

Houston, TX

#8 Feb 11, 2008
Herbie is my man! Your comments are right on..I was afraid the gansta's at the Grammies were going to pull out the Glocks and start shooting when Hancock got onstage...

Houston, TX

#9 Feb 11, 2008
The only reason Winehouse won anything was the da mn liberal music industry wanted to poke fun at the Homeland Security Dept. for wanting to keep a verminous druggie out of our country. She can rot in haddies for all I care...

Chicago, IL

#10 Feb 11, 2008
"Or that the saxophone bleatings of Kenny G will prepare you for the glories of Louis Armstrong."

Excuse me but comparing Hancock to Kenny G--even for the "Joni Letters" is woefully wrong and incredibly disrespectful. I will never have the same level of respect for Mr. Reich's columns again.
jazz fan

Evanston, IL

#11 Feb 11, 2008
Did you just compare Herbie Hancock to Kenny G? River: The Joni Leters IS the filet mignon. If that album's not jazz in every sense of the word, I don't know what is.

Herbie's excellent Possibilities album from 2005 mixed pop and jazz sensibilities, but, always searching, he did not want to make Possibilities 2, despite its success. This album purely stems from the jazz language: harmonically-rich, adventurous, innovative, highly improvisational, and sublimely tasteful.

Amy Winehouse gets a bad rap for being retro, and that may be somewhat justified. But there's nothing more in-the-moment than Herbie Hancock. Nobody questions it when Robert de Niro, also over 65, wins an Oscar. Like his mentor Miles Davis, some artists stays creative forever.

Tucson, AZ

#12 Feb 11, 2008
And they wonder why the can't sell CD's anymore. Gee, I wonder if it is the quality of the music...... Da ya think?

New York, NY

#13 Feb 11, 2008
I thought I had escaped all this elitist purism after I left Music Appreciation 101 in college. Dumping on "Unplugged" or "Unforgettable" is flat-out wrong. These two albums were singlehandedly responsible for reopening the Great American Songbook to two new generations of listeners, much as Herbie's collection will reinvigorate interest in a time before Joni Mitchell lost her voice to too many cigarettes.
Wake up. Time marches on and so does music. Play that Satchmo vinyl till it wears all the way through, but you can't stop the future from happening.

United States

#14 Feb 11, 2008
This review hits it on the head: 99% of the time it's more about the "money trail" than the art.

Newport Beach, CA

#15 Feb 11, 2008
A Herbie Hancock recording leading people to earlier, different Herbie Hancock recordings is as likely as Kenny G leading people to Louis Armstrong? Ummmm .... seems like a pretty bogus comparison to me.

Montvale, NJ

#16 Feb 11, 2008
Soooooo True... great article. The Grammy's have long been a joke (I pesronally lost interest after the famed Metallica/Jethro Tull debacle) and are not even accurate representation of the genres they award.

I guess last nights awards mean that if you throw enough tantrums or act like a complete loser in real life, you get awarded. Way to go mediocrity!!
Hyde Park Grad 1953

United States

#17 Feb 11, 2008
Now was that a nice way to write about a nice boy (Herbie) from my alma mater on 62nd and Stony Island?
Kenny G is another story...everything he blows sounds the same. I cannot believe that his noise is classified as jazz. It's muzak fit only in elevators in Lower Jeppip, Nowheresville.

Portland, OR

#18 Feb 11, 2008
ChicagoPork wrote:
The only reason Winehouse won anything was the da mn [sic] liberal music industry wanted to poke fun at the Homeland Security Dept. for wanting to keep a verminous druggie out of our country. She can rot in haddies [sic] for all I care...
Considering that she WAS granted a Visa to attend the Grammys and that you can't spell a lick, I assume you don't appreciate any music that isn't about the Devil going down to Georgia.

Tucker, GA

#19 Feb 11, 2008
Reich is so predictable is his opinions. Used to like his reviews, but he is now so snobbish & dismissive of other art forms that it is painful to read. Relax Howard - life is too short to rail on everything that doesn't meet your standards. If you lower your nose a bit & let the music into your ears, perhaps you'll hera something wonderful?

Batavia, IL

#20 Feb 11, 2008
Blah blah blah.

Congrats to Herbie Hancock.

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